Acid Mothers Temple
March 22nd, 2008
Roland Edirol R-09 (on-board mics, low cut on & AGC off, saved as 16 bit 44.1khz .WAV) > GoldWave (stereo channels swapped) > WaveLab (normalized to 0dB, SL-1 Stereo Expander @ 100%) > CDWAV (tracks split and saved as .FLAC level 8 ) > foobar2000 (ReplayGain)
Location: House front-center
Taper: ZaPenguin (pjzyhfz02(AT)sneakemail.com or
SOUND QUALITY: A-/B+ (a nice layer of fuzzy distortion lines the bottom end, but it's not as distracting as it could be)
Tsuyama Atsushi: monster bass, voice, cosmic joker
Higashi Hiroshi: synth, guitar, voice, dancin'king
Shimura Koji: drums, latino cool
Kawabata Makoto: guitar, voice, speed guru
"Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (and subsequent offshoots) is a Japanese psychedelic band founded in 1995 by members of the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective. The band is led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto and early in their career featured many musicians but by 2004 the line-up had coalesced with 4 core members and frequent vocal guests.
The band have a reputation for phenomenal live shows, and releasing frequent albums on a number of international record labels, as well as the Acid Mothers Temple family record label which was established in 1998 to document the activities of the whole collective."
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia which every 14 year old has edited.
Intro jam, La Novia (incl. La Le Lo), Dark Star, Pink Lady Lemonade E: ???
Well, let's get this out of the way: This was not the greatest of shows. It certainly WAS nice to be making the relatively simple trek to Baltimore, rather than a six hour schlep through the traffic-soaked badlands of Northern Virginia - but, at least with the simple Baltimore v. Chapel Hill sample set, there seems to exist a distinct correlation twixt amount of bullshit needed to get to the show, and amount of shitter kicked by the show - though, without giving anything away, let me restate that this correlation only seems to exist when considering these two shows in isolation!
Dunno if the band was up against a curfew, or was drained from the North Carolina > Balty commute, or was expecting a second encore, or just had one too many Natty Bohs, but this show was very brief, clocking in at a grand total of one hour and seven minutes. There's also a certain rushed aimlessness - to my ears, at least, and borne out in the tape - as if each individual member of the band is collectively forcing themselves into a relaxed state, so as to wait for a moment of sync - a moment of sync that, if it even ever comes at all, takes everyone by such surprise that the connection is dropped just as suddenly as it is formed.
"Prefunctory" isn't exactly the best word to describe this, nor is "rushed", but there is a certain casual - yet briskly so - attitude towards this show that I've yet to hear from the Acid Mothers. The end result is almost like a show played for friends, rather than for an audience. And I can't think of an audience better described as "friends" than the Ottobar crowd - both Acid Mothers shows I've seen there were packed shoulder-to-shoulder.
Bottom line: If most Acid Mothers shows are an acid trip joyride on the tail of Halley's Comet with a hand-selected gaggle of inter-galactic beauty-maidens, this show is a bowl of marijuana and a room temperature beer on a hazy summer night in a buddy's backyard. There's still plenty of enjoyment to be had, but it's definitely not outer space.
And, lest this seem like a dour, negative review, let me restate that this is by no means a BAD show. If you like the Acid Mothers, you'll like this. If you like slightly distorted low-ends, you'll like this. If you like the Acid Mothers AND slightly distorted low-ends, boy oh boy, won't you ever love this!
01. Improv jam [8:25]
02. dialogue [2:20]
03. La Novia (incl. La Le Lo) [16:56]
04. Dark Star [12:46]
05. Pink Lady Lemonade [19:38]
06. crowd [1:03]
07. band's return [0:40]
08. ??? [5:31]
I'm relatively confident that the track labelled "Intro jam" is actually "Intro jam > ???" - but vat ist das "???"
Likewise, no idea what the encore number is.
As has been mentioned, there's some distortion along the lower end, but I don't find it affecting my enjoyment of the notes being played. Your enjoyment may vary.
REQUESTS & REMINDERS:
Do not sell this recording. Do not buy this recording. Do not sell this recording, then buy it from yourself. Remember: Even one too many Natty Bohs is still too many.
Torrented by the taper: ZaPenguin
email - pjzyhfz02(AT)sneakemail.com
web - http://db.etree.org/zappapenguin (always woefully out of date)
Band page: http://www.acidmothers.com